DDCA will open two academies for disadvantaged children: Rajat Sharma

NEW DELHI: President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Rajat Sharma on Thursday he announced the creation of two cricket academies for disadvantaged children, an effort like that of Kapil Dev & Gautam Gambhir have agreed to support

The DDCA president announced a plethora of welfare schemes for state team's present & former cricketers during the Annual Awards Function where Feroz Shah Kotla was renamed as Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium

"Following my friend late Arun Jaitley 's vision, we have decided to have two cricket academies for under-privileged kids. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has allotted land in Pitampura & CWG Games village," the DDCA president said during the glittering ceremony attended by virat Kohli & his team.

We will open two academies in Delhi where players from economically weaker background will get free training. Gautam Gambhir, Kapil Dev, Ashish Nehra , Virender Sehwag They have agreed to help in this effort, Sharma said.

"Former greats like Sehwag, Nehra & Gambhir have assured me that they will help shape career of these kids free of cost," he said.

Sharma also announced health insurance coverage for all current first-class cricketers.

We will have insurance coverage for all our current players, he announced.

Also as BCCI has a medical emergency fund for former players of which they give Rs 5 lakh, we also have a fund from which we will give Rs 5 Lakh to any former player who faces a medical emergency, he added.